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him several more times in the chest. as officer faulkner lay dying in the streets defensely, abu-jamal shot him in the face, killing him. at the hornghts abu-jamal brag -- at the hospital, abu-jamal bragged that he had shot officer faulkner and expressed his hope that he would die. at trial, he was remorseless. he interrupted the proceedings and insulted the judge and even smirked at officer faulkner's widow when the bloodstained shirt was held up in court as evidence. four eyewitnesses saw abu-jamal gun down officer faulkner, four eyewitnesses. three more witnesses at the hospital heard him confess to the crime. ballistics evidence approved that officer faulkner had been shot with a handgun registered to abu-jamal, which was found at the scene of the murder along with the shell casings. based on this overwhelming evidence, abu-jamal was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. what followed was a 30-year effort by the far left to glorify abu-jamal and to exonerate him. this effort was taken up by law professors, left-wing activistes, and in 2009 by the organization which the no
alerted u.s. officials several days before the crisis began. >> thank you. joining me live, former defense secretary don rumsfeld is with us. mr. secretary, thank you for joining us. do you think john mccain is right that in fact the president doesn't understand putin's ambition? >> well, sean, most of the discussion that's taking place is what's putin doing today, what should we do today. all this chatter about the world and the united nations. the cold hard facts are, it was syria, iran. it could be more activity in the prs and the south china sea. what's really happening is, the central problem is american weakness. we're managing our economy like juveniles and telling the world that in the next decade or two, we're not going to be there. we're cutting back our defense fund funds. when eisenhower and kennedy were in office, we spent 10% gdp on foreign defense. we're sending a signal that america's weak, we're in decline and weakness is bro voktive. we've created a leadership vacuum in the world he's being filled like putin, it will be filled like other putin like people. you think of ma
. in the '50s from world war terror total defense spending was 10 percent of gdp. if you add that the entitlement programs together that accounted 2.5% gdp. the ratio of defense spending is four / one. in 2010 defense spending declined 4% of gdp if you add up the transfer programs it was 13.5% gdp. defense and entitlements plus transfer a ratio of four / one a massive change in the composition of the federal government with nature of spending. with the implications of the work ethic and incentives to work it is not sustainable. it is simple arithmetic. the social security program all by itself and mandatory health care and interest on our debt with those three things in the current budget window will consume about 80 percent of all revenue based on decades of historical numbers. this is just not possible. what are we doing about it? what about washington? we refuse to address this in any serious way as the government but i would ask you not to paint everyone with the same brush. to their credit in the house we have seen the idea after idea you don't have to agree but you do h
that government investment and flood defenses has fallen. in the light of this an event we have seen, does the prime minister think it's right to revisit the plan for investment and flood defense? >> we will look very carefully at the plan for flood defenses but, of course, without spending figures all the way out to 2020, not all of which are fully committed which are major investments in budget defenses but i said two weeks ago as the waters reside and as a bea and others can look at what happened, we can review and see what new measures might be necessary. let me just repeat the point that in his four-year period and, indeed, in this parliament overall spending on flood defense has gone up. >> mr. speaker, i'm afraid the figures the primus is quoting are phony and i believe he knows this. [shouting] this is what the uk -- this is what the uk statistical process i know they don't want to hear. they say this, government funding for flood defenses were lower in both nominal and real terms during the current period than since the last. the only way you claim otherwise is by ignoring inflati
supreme court. however, if you are a young black person and you go to work for the naacp legal defense fund and they assign you under your obligations as an attorney, in keeping with your oath of office, they assign you to appeal a case of someone who committed a heinous murder and you do that and you sign your name on the appeal -- not that you're defending this person, you've never done that, but they've asked you to sign on an appeal and you do that. and you're asked to do that. if you're a young black person, you work for the naacp legal defense fund and you're asked to sign an appeal for someone convicted of murder. what the message said today is don't do it. don't do it. because you know what? if you do that, in keeping with your legal obligations and your profession, you will be denied by the u.s. senate from being attorney in the u.s. department of justice. i guess what i'm saying is we sent a message we have a double standard, a terrible double standard. the chief justice of the supreme court defended a mass murderer in nor florida, committed eight murders -- mass murderer in
had to enhance the defense of the military facilities because they are constantly receiving threats and we were aware of the armed nationalist moving in. russia was well-trained, well-equipped 16,000 or more troops. and vladimer putin was worried about enhancing the defense of the military facilities because they were constantly receiving threats. there is something i would like to stress he says, it isn't within my authority and we don't intend to interfere, but we believe all citizens of ukraine should be given the same equal right to participate in the life of their country and determining their future. we are seeing justification for intervention and serious intervention in eastern ukraine. he takes a shot at the united states saying our partners in the united states formulate their own political interest and using the principle you are with us or against us, they draw the whole world in, and those that cannot join in get beaten until they do. he says our approach is different. we always act legitimately. i am not making this up. this is what vladimer putin said: i have been an
. based on senate republicans' ardent defense of the koch brothers and the fact that they advocate for many of the same policies as the koch brothers, it seems my republican colleagues also believe in a system that benefits billionaires at the expense of the middle class. the koch brothers are willing to invest billions to tbhi buy that america. they're investing billions to buy that america. in 2010, the supreme court opened the floodgates of corporate money into locktorial politics -- into electoral politics. that was with the citizens united decision. since they can launder their huge contributions use being shadowy shell groups and so-called nonprofits, it is difficult to tell exactly how much they've invested so far. investigative reporting by some of the most respected news outlets in the country has revealed that the koch brothers funnel money flew a web of industry groups -- through a web of industry groups that are immune from disclosure rules such as the club for growth, heritage, a n.r.a., and the the united states chamber of commerce. we may never, never know how much m
unity force control on the ground. the ukrainian defense chief, according to afp, has said that russia has sent at least 6000 troops to crimea. that is the headline coming out of the af he this morning. about 41 minutes ago. there is a picture of some of the unidentified armed men in front of the crimean parliament. let's go to mark, waiting in massachusetts on our line for independence. -- line for independents. caller: i think russia definitely has a right to protect their interests. they have bases down there. i know the ukrainian government is set up. is there any real military force ? if some he wants to come in and -- do harmia people in the upheaval. it, maybes down to crimea will secede and become their own country. russia today reporting in an interview with the russian dispense -- defense minister that russia has 150,000 troops and 90 aircraft, 800 80 tanks and 1200 pieces of military hardware involved in drills on the ukrainian border right now. that doesn't concern you? host: i didn't know that they had that much stockpile. the do have their whole fleet. strength already hu
at where the money goes. billion for defense spending. that is what congress have control over's. nondefense, $563 billion. point $9nding is three trillion. 800 $96 billion for social security. 526care eats up about billion dollars. medicaid, 330 6 billion dollars. other mandatory spending comes in at $691 billion. interest on the debt, $252 billion. where the money is race, taxes.ual income 237 billion. other taxes comes to $363 billion. proposal reduces the deficit $564 billion. gail, republican color. -- caller. caller: it is driving the country over the cliff. died over 60 years ago and my mother taught me how to live within my means. this president does not know how to do that. you cannot spend what you do not have. he wants to give money to the -- gals and the you are looking to hurt anyone that does have a little bit. host: tax the rich. that is obama's main theme. where is the job creation atmosphere? budget.it is a good it is what we voted for by reelecting barack obama a second time. budget and it has 651 billion dollars in new revenue from the rich via changes to the
the distinguished civilian service award which is the highest award that the department of defense can give to a non uniformed person. to understand "operation paperclip" you really must go back to the fall of 1944. that was a very dark time. this was a rise and fall of the third reich. landing at normandy pushing to munich and berlin. among the soldiers are scientist with the u.s. military. they are part of a secret mission to find what they call atomic biological chemical weapons. abc weapons. the real threat but city will who was the head of the operation was a particle physicist learn to sitting in the abandoned apartment in november 1944 that the atomic program telling him his minister of armaments atomic science is jewish science. said don't concentrate on that. i am paraphrasing. >> in what they learned was that the third reich was experimenting and humans. said he was pulled from concentration camps. this is the first time to american military intelligence. >> and he came across in a letter director of the third reich is very difficult to imagine that later he became part of "operation paper
defense secrets. others go there in order to copy programs into designs and do things like that. the u.s. intelligence community does not conduct espionage on behalf of the american businesses. that does not take place. let's look at this world. one of the most profound events that has happened in the last several years was july 2010. it was a two-faced attack. the delivery system jumped. i do not know who. the new york times reported that the united states and israel were involved. my point is that that kind of attack that can shut down a massive capacity followed by a massive attack in saudi arabia that wiped out 30,000 computers, the scope for damage is huge. suppose you lost a gas pipeline. that pipeline generates electricity. and we were without heat and gas, where would we be? it is an act of war. it is a defense posture we have to take all the time. it is another one of those things where we do not always understand the luxury that we have in the u.s. and the vulnerability that requires an active defense all the time. be friendly to your local security agents. he or she is tryin
by congress. you have seen an increase in spending and asking for fresh spending on defense issues in spending.n of fresh if you look at our stores on nutrition, health for low income families, housing -- those types of things. the budget is a way to reach forward with continued funding. the new stories, the earned credit, the child tax credit, that is news coming out of the budget. host: any thoughts on the differences between cuts and reforms, what she brought up earlier? guest: that is a great point because cuts, are, of course, cuts. what republicans are trying to is not the cast as the party of coldhearted budget-cutting. ryan struggled with this is a issueskesman on poverty for the last several years. republicans are trying to talk about poverty reform. and ryan talks about the importance of job training and work for these programs. reform case for broader -- is that breaking through for republicans? it is difficult to say. i do not think so, yeah a lot of ways. there,hen you are out you hear questions like hers, is this just budget cuts. parties are both trying for reform. is purelyent'
of us that the chinese and iranians are watching this feeble response as we're gutting our defenses and they're planning their own next moves. it's not a good picture. >> colonel, we know that president obama and president putin spoke on the phone for about an hour and a half. do you think president obama understands the gravity of the situation and how important ukraine really is? >> no. in fact, i don't think that they recognize that this is a foretaste of what's to come if we continue the path that we're on for unilateral disarmament. we've got to stop battering our allies, like israel with the lunacy of trading land for peace. we need to build the xl pipeline, which our canadian allies want us to do and the obama administration can't figure out how to do it. if the iranians close the straights of hormuz next week, the price of oil is going to go through the roof and the economy is going to grind to a halt. all of these are the kinds of things that when america decides, a, we're not going to lead, and b, we're going to destroy the opportunity to deter this kind of action with a s
, the highest award the department of defense can give to a nonunformed person. so, "operation paperclip." to understand, you really must go back to the fall of 1944, and it was a very dark time. this is a map from william shyer's rise and fall of the third rescue -- reich, and we're pushing toward berlin, and among the soldiers are scientists with the u.s. military, and they're part of a secret mission called "operation alsos" and the mission was find a, b, c, weapons, atomic, biological, and chemical weapons, and the real threat at the time was atomic weapons. but very quickly samuel goodsman, the head of the operation, a party -- a particle physicist, the learned, sitting in the abandoned apartment of one of the scientists in november of 1944, that the atomic program was nothing that we thought it was. and the reason was, because, as hitler told his minister of armaments, atomic science is jewish science so let's not concentrate on that. i'm paraphrasing but you get the idea. hitler was interested in biological weapons and what goosman learned was reich was experimenting with these we
launched the virginia self-defense law firm, focused on defending self to map -- defending self-defense rights. randy is: from tennessee. go ahead. i am calling from kentucky, sir. host: ok. where are you? caller: eastern kentucky. host: go ahead. what do you think about the let's move campaign? caller: ok. i think a lot of the obesity comes from what is put in our food. processed to grow, the meets, the steroids, what people put in their gardening stuff to get it to grow has to affect human body, as well as the defects the animals. -- affects the animals. host: do you avoid processed foods? caller: there is nothing out there to avoid. host: thank you sir. start them young with a healthy diet. today is friday. every week and beginning at 8:00 a.m. on c-span two, book tv and american history tv, respectively. 48 hours of books and 40th hours of history on 2 and 3. this week, we are featuring a visit to salem, oregon. you can watch that this weekend on book tv and on american history tv. next up is sharon in illinois. caller: hello. i am all for the program. let's move. i have something t
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out of the loop on some of these decisions. it's not going a defense she is going to use. her plan is to stick with president obama, but it makes it hard for her to charter her own course as she heads out on this campaign. we have seen ian senator john mccain who you know is very supportive of her in the past and joked about her and said she was totally wrong about this. >> julie, this shows the long march to entering the race for hillary clinton, the longer this drags out, the more hits she is going to take. whatever issue of the day comes up, it's a link somehow to hillary clinton. >> absolutely. especially if it's something that happened on foreign policy when she was secretary of state. i mean, that red reset button moment we are going to see played over and over again. i actually am interested to hear from her on what she was thinking at that time and whether she thinks that was the right policy given what we have seen now. >> and gene robinson, there are going to be a lot of issues that she is going to be exposed on if she runs moving forward and a lot of people think she is
the defense ministers, saying president clinton ordered the test at 2:00 p.m. moscow time today. the report did not mention ukraine, one of russia's western neighbors, where months of protest have forced a pro-russia president to go into hiding. the president was not able to confirm the order and the defense ministry not available for comment. louisiana government bobby jindal is defending his harsh criticism of president obama saying, in america, we do not have a king. the republican was criticized by a democratic governor, molloy, on monday. after they emerged from others from a meeting with the president said the president seems to be waving the white flag of surrender on the economy. governor jindal in remarks earlier today says the white house in his words belongs to the people. he had a duty to speak his mind. is not at thea white house today. he is on the road traveling. minnesota focusing on the roads and railways. this fund is forecast to go broke as early as august enemies $100 billion over the next six years just to maintain current spending levels. c-span is covering the event y
-- madam speaker, as i listen to the secretary of defense, chuck hagel, yesterday talk about the financial pressure on our military and the budget that he will be supporting that mr. obama has proposed, i wonder why we in congress are not allowed to debate on the floor of this house whether we as the house, not talking about the senate now, whether we believe that we should have a 10-year agreement with afghanistan. again, we are talking about spending anywhere from $3 billion to $4 billion a month. it is borrowed money from the chinese and japanese, and we continue to raise the debt ceiling because we can't -- cannot pay our own bills. it is time for the congress to speak out on behalf of the american people and say enough is enough. to be clear, this agreement that president karzai has adamantly refused to sign, as "the washington post" reported earlier this week, during a december visit to kabul, hagel suggested that the late february nato meaning, this week, was a cutoff point for president karzai to sign the bilateral strategic agreement that sets the terms for a post-2014 u.s. presen
the cold war. we do not need the star wars defense shield. isolateto economically russia and show them that the $60 billion that he spent for the olympics is almost equal to for the 36pense olympics. this off of twitter -- deeply concerned that russia will expand its military intervention in ukraine. sts"a needs to impose "co now. here's bethany, columbia, maryland. independent line. that the media is and they vilify the russian president and there is still those cold war mentality that the russians are always wrong and they are always bad and they are some sort of monsters. go towesterners the rescue. that is not always true. host: what you think the proper response should be? they should let the russians and ukrainians figure out what is best for them. there is truth about the outer-nationalists. they are not good for the ukraine. -- majority of ukrainians they voted for the president. the president was elected. he won the majority. from the very beginning they hated him and they wanted to depose him. westhey think of the automatically takes up their side. conflictsilitary happen, do
defense cooperation, increase u.s.-israel collaboration on cybersecurity, expand u.s.-israel energy cooperation and reaffirm our commitment to israeli missile defense programs which have saved many innocent lives such as the iron dome. so i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 938 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, the chairman emeritus and middle east subcommittee chair of the committee on foreign affairs and of course the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida voiced for three minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, congressman ted deutch and introduced the united states-israel strategic partnership act because we're committed to the security of our friend and ally in an increasingly volatile middle east. chairman royce and ranking member engel have been instrumental in getting this important
pistorius trial. here's a look inside the courtroom in south africa. today the defense is challenging a couple's testimony that they heard screams and gunshots coming from pistorius's home the night he shot his girlfriend. pistorius's next door neighbor broke down on the stand yesterday recalling the screams that she heard. >> the shots [crying] >> at one point pistorius -- you can see him as he puts his hands over his ears appearing to block out his testimony. he has pleaded not guilty. we'll keep watching this case. >>> at this hour officials are preparing for a more extensive investigation into that massive gas explosion that blew apart a condominium complex leaving one woman dead and seven others hurt. this happened in ewing, new jersey, after contractors responded to a power problem, hit a gas line. neighbors say the force from the blast felt like a bomb. >> it kind of blew me back like 10, 15 feet. it was just chaos outside. people were crying, nobody knew what was going on. >> look at that right there. this house is blown to bits. several of those homes were leveled. most of th
>> eric holder talks on defense right and the defense marriage act and the decision not to defend it in court. and he talked about restoring civil right and the vote to ex-felons. this is 20 minutes. >> our next guest is a special guest and we appreciate having him here as we always do. i commend general holder for his willingness to speak to us candidly and openly every year. the fact that our parting gift is going to be a baseball cap speaks to how many times you have been here because all of the gifts we give out have already been given to you. we will give you something you might be able to use. but we have all familiar with general holder. he was sworn in as the 82 attorney general on february 3rd 2009. he was named to be the deputy attorney general in 1997 and served as the united states attorney for the district of columbia. he was nominated to be an associate judge for the district of columbia. he was a litigation partner at covington in washington. it is a pleasure to have you to here address us. general? [ applause ] &%c1 >> good morning. thank you, attorney general j.b.
defense cuts. if america rapidly retreats from the world power status, our enemies will jump into the void. we can't unilaterally end the islamic readycal terrorist war on us and we shouldn't ignore history lessons about what happens when the united states tries to isolate itself from the menaces that threaten the international community, end of quote. at a time when threats are increasing and countries on nearly every continent are in turmoil, it's naive for the president to downgrade our military strength. maintaining our national defense is the primary function of the national government. i find it dangerous that the president suggested this proposal which places american families at risk of further attacks. we should follow the advice of the veterans of foreign wars, our nation is still at war. peace through strength. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the entlelady is
this time. this week, defense secretary chuck hagel detailed what he described as difficult choices to reduce military spending and cut back the overall size of u.s. forces. among the proposals in the defense department's 2015 budget, shrinking the army from 522,000 to 440,000, the lowest level since 1940. that would save $3.5 billion by retiring the air force's entire a-10 fleet. it would place half of the navy's cruiser fleet in reduced operating status. reforming military compensation packages. and then, also, asking congress for yet another round of base closing and realignments in 2017. now, secretary hagel said tuesday the recommendations were made after weighing the risks against fiscal reality. >> the world's unpredictable. i get that. you have to be prepared. i get that. but you also have to use some common sense. would you rather have more soldiers than less? of course, you would. of course, you would. but it's also the reality, if we couldn't have unlimited resources here. >> now, the pentagon's budget, it depends on what you want to call a cut. right now, it's set at $49
for veterans, education, and national defense. i urge my colleagues to support my amendment and i yield one , ute to my friend, mr. barr from kentucky. mr. barr: i appreciate the hard work that he and his staff put into this amendment which i have had the pleasure to introduce with him. in kentucky, the overregulation of the kentucky coal industry has really taken a toll. under president obama, appalachian kentucky has lost 7,000 jobs in five years putting the employment to its lowest levels since records were first kept in 1927. this amendment would strengthen the regulatory reform legislation by holding accountable those agencies. and i thank my friend from pennsylvania for his leadership on this important amendment and i yield back. mr. rothfus: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from georgia seeks recognition? mr. johnson: i rise in opposition to the rothfus amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. johnson: this would add additional analysis in the regulatory process that examines whether or not regulations have
. and on foreign policy -- >> now backs the president a thousand%. >> the former defense secretary bob gates scorches biden in the book partly because biden was not about to cede control of foreign policy to bob gates. >> gates is a good guy, but he is republican. >> exactly. >> and biden's policy has been validated this week. we're pulling out of afghanistan because of the conflict. >> he said i want to go any terrorist route not a counter insurgency. i know this is nuanced, but the president ended up going with biden. >> i think he can be a more convincing populist than hillary clinton can, frankly. >> yeah. >> partly because he isn't a guy who has made a lot of money at it. he is a life-long politician. he has taken the train back and forth to wilmington the whole time. he is in it for right reasons and hasn't gotten rich off of politics as the clintons have. let's face it. >> you know what i like about the democratic party besides a lot of beliefs? i like they like to have fights and fun. they don't go whose turn it is and get in line. >> what really impressed me about glenn's terrific s
w moscow's actions are appropriate, and they're more about self-defense. from his point of view, the new pro-western government in kiev poses a threat to his interest in ukraine. that's primarily crimea, where today there were even more troops roaming around going from ukraine army or military post to post, as you mentioned in your lead, trying to disarm the ukrainians. when they wouldn't agree to that, surrounding them and neutralizing their bases. but crimea gives putin the essentials he wants and needs. a base for his black sea fleet. he just doesn't seem affected by all the criticism coming from abroad. putin doesn't seem to believe that the u.s. or its allies have the kind of leverage to hurt him, especially when he sees the reaction from russians in a place like here, moscow. in the streets of moscow today, there were literally tens of thousands of demonstrators in support of putin's actions in ukraine with more pro-putin demonstrations expected in the days ahead. so putin, despite all the criticism, has really struck a cord here at home, karen. >> all right. thank you ver
at the department of defense -- >> dud, was there a -- did, was there a background check conducted on mr. marone before the appointment you made to his being chief of staff? >> you mean chief of staff for dhs. >> yes. >> yes, to the best of my understanding, there was. i also know him for five years and know his qualities, and i'm glad i hired him. >> did you -- so there was a background check. did you review that background check? >> not myself, no. >> who did read it? >> the appropriate officials, i'm quite sure. my understanding is that the background check was quite thorough which included matters of of public record from fumo trial which is what your letter refers to. >> did the white house review it? >> as far as i know, they did. >> were there any -- >> as is the standard practice. >> did it reveal any concerns? >> mr. marone's was viewed extensively including the matters of public record. i have every reason to believe that it was thorough, and we hired him, and i'm glad we did. he's doing an excellent job for the department. >> who conducted the background check? >> i could not tell you
out this kind of spending, defense spending, education spending, highway spending throughout our whole government. let me draw your attention to this chart, colleagues. this is what director elmendorf told us two weeks ago, last week in his testimony before the budget committee on the budget of the united states of america. he told us that the interest we paid this day, this past year was $230 billion, not -- the savings from reducing veterans' retirement over ten years was $6 billion. the federal highway bill for one year is approximately $40 billion. the amount of money we spend on education is around $100 billion, all these programs that we spend it on. the amount of money we spend on the defense department is about 500. so this year, last year, we spent about $230 billion on interest. we don't -- when we borrow money, we go into debt, we borrow the money. people loan us the money. we give them treasury bills, with interest. look at this chart. it's so stunning. so this year is 2013, it's $230 billion. look at the increase director elmendorf told us we can expect over the next ten y
. of not promoting any more tension through provocative actions. >> that is defense secretary chuck hagel this morning on the situation in ukraine. the white house has announced its first direct response to russia's military sbrerngs. the u.s. is suss spending preparation in the preparatory meeting for the g-8 summit set to take place this june in sochi, russia. lincoln bring in beth flewy. and the costs, can they accept action and if so, what might be that be? >> it was like when i was covering the 2008 and russia went to war with georgia. president busch at the time was talking about cost. senator mccain was talking about cost. senator mccain said we're all georgians. now a couple days ago, he said we're all ukrainians now. i don't think what more the president can do, president obama. he can pull out of the g-8. he's suspended participation as you said but not fully for that. he could do that. he's not going to go to war with the ukraine. there's no support for that in this country. he has to be more measured to the bellicose members of congress or people watching this would like him t
that no one knew him previously. his identity is an important issue for the defense. >> what the defense has found in this case is that there is another individual who is currently held in began taguanty by the united states with a name similar in parts if not identical to my client's. >> abu ghaith is the highest ranking al qaeda figure to face trial on u.s. soil since the 9/11 attacks. >>> prosecutors call themselves satisfied with the start of the murder trial of oscar pistorius. pistorius pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend, reeva steenka steenkamp, and to other gun-related charges. on the stand yesterday, a prosecution witness recalled hearing what she called the blood-curdling screams of a woman before four gunshots on the morning steenkamp was killed. pistorius's attorney contends the screaming may have been pistorius screaming for help after he realized he shot scene camp. >>> a minnesota couple died from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning inside their home. the two daughters were found alive in their house. they're being treated at the hospital. the wife mentioned on face
to be active participation on both sides of an issue, of a person charged with a crime. on defense or litigation over a law itself. so chairman goodlatte from here in virginia had -- just across the river in virginia had called a hearing in judiciary this week. we had another about the constitutionality or lack thereof of actions by this administration, and it's very alarming, professor johnson totally with whom i disagreed on any policy issues, has a wonderful grasp of the constitution, and he recognizes the dangers when administration decides to pick and choose which laws will be enforced and goes further and issues executive orders not like prior administrations that simply explain on most occasions or illuminate some law as to how they think it's to be interpreted, but to actually make law in executive orders. that's just unconscionable for somebody that took an oath to defend the constitution. . so i can't recall times aye agreed with the "l.a. times" before, but they had an editorial that indicates even the "l.a. times" understands the danger of what's going on right now in t
in support of the alert act and in defense of working middle-class families who face the danger that overzealous washington regulators will destroy their jobs and impose new red tape that cuts their wages. an america that works allows small businesses to flourish. jobs can be created. and for folks to have more take-home pay in their pockets. but america doesn't work when washington regulators impose more red tape on businesses, large and small, regardless of the costs. this bill fixes that. i hear a lot on this floor about the warnings of days gone by and the fear mongering attached to trying to instill accountability on this bureaucracy in washington. i don't think any of us on either side of the aisle wants to defend overzealous democrats and imposing unnecessary burdens that have clogged this economy. now, america doesn't work when special interest groups use the courts to impose backroom regulations that destroy jobs and reduce take-home pay. this bill before us fixes that. make no mistake, excessive red tape hurts working middle-class families. for example, it was reported
's border. about 150,000 troops are taking part. defense secretary chuck hagel has warned russia the u.s. is keeping a sharp eye on the moves. the concern is that president putin could be planning some sort of a power grab. chief national security correspondent jim sciutto joins us. despite these exercises, troops mobilizing on the border, the obama administration seems confident russia will not be moving troops into ukraine? >> reporter: that's the pentagon's assessment they're not going to act. what's changed in the last 24 hours, because the russians have moved these troops, mobilized these war planes, put them on alert as well, if president putin decided he did want to go in they could poomove so quick u.s. would not have a chance to react to it. that's increased the level of nervousness among administration officials. what would the u.s. do in reaction? we're talking really about only diplomatic means, protests, et cetera. because the supreme nato commander and american general breedlove says europe is not planning certainly any military reaction if the russians were to go in. >>
to legally stay in afghanistan. defense secretary, chuck hagel, arrived in brussels for a defense minister's meeting. this is expected to be topic number one. the pakistanis are already pointing out that this could be a regional security crisis. their feeling is that there could be civil war in afghanistan. 30% of afghan troops could defect if the u.s. goes. this will be a crisis because it will give the u.s. very limited ability to keep an eye on al qaeda and the taliban and the concern for u.s. security for all of us. this could become a safe haven again for those militant groups. the u.s. won't be able to keep an eye on the other side of the border in pakistan. which al qaeda still basically calls its home. a lot at stake. karzai will be leading off later this year. there are new elections. the hope is a new afghan president may see it differently. the pentagon making clear the clock is ticking. they cannot wait around forever. some decisions will have to be made. carol? >> cnn's barbara starr. a new warning for people in north carolina. do note touch the river water and do not eat fish
in the fed section three of the defense of marriage act. this decision was not taken lightly. our actions were motivated by the strong belief that all measures that distinguish among people based upon their sexual orientation must be subjected to a heightened standard of scrutiny and therefore that this measure was unconstitutional discrimination. last summer the supreme court issued a decision in the united states forces windsor striking down the federal government ban on recognizing gay and lesbian couples who are legally married off. this marked a step forward and a resounding victory for equal treatment and equal protection under love. recently and partly in response to the decision a number of state attorneys general familiar command oregon every similar determinations after applying heightened scrutiny to laws in their states know when must never extend from policy or political disagreement standing only on from constitutional ground, but i believe we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation and we must endeavor in all of our efforts of topol so
. between the department of defense and the va and i know we're in the process of tearing that down. we're one family. when you take that oath and say i'm going to serve this country, it should go right on through. there shouldn't be this wall and this divide between the opportunities that exist to take care of our troops. electronic medical records that he spoke about, to me that is a shame and delays care, makes it more difficult to have a smooth flow of care. i do see positive things. i was at base luis mccord last year and seen start upprograms where they are focusing on transition at the time of ets. and it makes sense to me if you are disabled, getting a medical separation that your level of disability can be determined at that time and carry over into the va. instead of having to go through these processes and having redone the services. there's other things i see starting to take place and that's guiding as they are leaving the military into being able to use the skills they learned in the military and translate them into civilian work and helping them get there and guidance on
to switch to a different topic which is afghanistan. the native defense ministers are getting ready for a complete withdrawal from afghanistan by the end of the year. there a lot of discussion if we continue on that path, a lot of the progress that has been made in afghanistan is not sustainable. what do you think we are going to see over the course of the next nine months as we head towards the zero option as some people call it in afghanistan? >> i think there is the real danger of a crisis in that relations with afghanistan. but, ultimately, it's their country and they have to think of its future. we have made a commitment with which we have stuck for more than ten years now, trying to create a more modern afghanistan. i feel we were a little ambitious in trying that. it might have been wise just to stick to the military operation and see some sort of negotiated outcome could be reached earlier. but we are where we are. i think the after gpeople from afghanistan are not ready to figure out the long-range relationship with us. we might be better off leaving sooner rather than late
, including defense exports. we had a very good progress with the order which will secure and shape our jobs in his constituency. and, frankly, i was criticized by the party opposite for taking defense contractors on trade missions overseas. they don't think it's appropriate i think it is appropriate. i think we should be standing up for defense industry and defensive jobs. >> will the prime minister ended speculation over the future of the hunting act by confirming that he doesn't intend to use a statutory to repay or remember the act live removing the limits on the number of dogs that can be used? >> well, this will quite probably be a matter for the house of commons, as he will know what has happened is a group of welsh and other members of parliament have looked at a particular problem of pest control in upland areas of whales and other parts of the country. they are making a proposal. the proposal will be properly examined by the department and and and the house of commons will be able to decide. >> thank you, mr. speaker. further to my honorable friend's question and during national ap
her defense. a toxicology expert testified that kennedy may not have realized she was impaired which is what she has insisted all along. >> now a disturbing story about people accused of profiting off the 9/11 attacks. law enforcement officials say some of new york city's finest and bravest have not been honest. devin dwyer has more on a scam to pocket disability fund. >> one by one former police officers and firefighters arrive in cuffs. more than two dozen new arrests, part of a widening dragnet over a scam linked to 9/11. prosecutors say the defendants stole from the social security administration. some faking 9/11-related post traumatic stress to claim disability payments. >> these are dollars that are reserved for people who truly need it the most. >> in reality, some of the 130 accused have been living high on life. in court filings last month, prosecutors cited photos, videos and social media posting that show the defendants do not appear to be disabled. despite claiming they couldn't use a computer, could not drive, or could not shop. former police officer, glenn leiberman ar
. it was interesting that they felt so defensive that they had to strike out. if us and arizona are heading that way, it's a clear statement that that's the way the country is headed. >> your efforts paid off. >> thank you, joining us from phoenix. >> the group alliance defending proce freedom which helped write the bill said this: >> coming up later - first lady michelle obama will announce changes to nutrition labels. the label makeover marks the first in some 20 years. erica pitzi joins us to explain. is this cosmetic or is there science behind this? >> there's science behind this. consider this - more than 40% of working adults read the consideration labels. system make it easier to understand. the original labels are based on eating habits and data from the 70s and '80s. the food and drug administration says it's time for an update. >> first off information about calories and fat making way for the calorie count, which will be bigger and bolder print. serving sizes will have a prime minister incident print. they'll reflect portions people eat as shown by studies, so they'll be bigger. shown on
would like to enter into the record our defense of our claims that 95% -- the chair: is the gentlelady requesting unanimous consent. ms. moore: yes, sir. the chair: without objection. ms. moore: appreciate that indulgence, mr. chairman i would like a roll call. the chair: the request is covered by general leave. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from wisconsin. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. ms. moore: mr. chairman, i request a roll call. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceed ogs then amendment offered by the gentlelady from wisconsin will e postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. hensarling: i move that the committee now rise. the chair: the question is on the motion that the committee rise. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the com
to hearing screams and gunshots. yesterday, his wife testified to hearing the same thing. defense attorneys say the couple discussed what they were going to say in court and that their testimony is not credible. pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend. he said she thought she was an intruder. >>> the u.s. navy's newest ship is paying tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on flight 3 on 9/11. it will be fully commissioned on saturday in philadelphia. it carries a sign that says let's roll. that phrase was used by the brave passengers as they stormed the cockpit to stop the hijackers who had taken over flight 93. that plane did crash into a field in somerset county, pennsylvania which is how the navy ship was given its name now, one of the passengers on flight 93 was mark bingham from los gatos. a new documentary called the rugby player chronicles his life and career. it will be shown in san jose tomorrow and saturday. it's part of the film festival. that film festival runs for the sex two -- next two weeks. >>> a san jose world war ii vet has become an internet sensation.
of kerry kennedy. she prepares to take the stand in her own defense. we'll have the latest in the courtroom. >>> and as simple as asking an adult. a rossen report hidden investigation reveals how easy it is for teenagers to get their hands on alcohol. but first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> coming up, pippa middleton speaks out about that dress for the first time. >> after your local news and weather. [ female announcer ] a classic macaroni & cheese from stouffer's starts with freshly-made pasta, and 100% real cheddar cheese. but what makes stouffer's mac n' cheese best of all. that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care for you or your family. [ female announcer ] neutrogena® pore refining cleanser. alpha-hydroxy and exfoliating beads work to clean and tighten pores so they can look half their size. pores...shrink 'em down to size! [ female announcer ] pore refining cleanser. neutrogena®. [ female announcer ] pore refining cleanser. what 8 grams of protein looks like when you're getting the most out of yourself and out of life. start your day with the power of protein. mi
to be able to be the first line of defense, and i would argue that it is important that we exempt the secretary, the department from that because of their number one responsibility is securing the homeland. and we live in a different climate. i think the gentleman accepts the fact that terrorism has become franchised at this moment. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i ask individuals to again support the jackson lee amendment. i yield back. mr. goodlatte: i thank the gentlewoman. i'm not persuaded that the department of homeland security, especially with the provision that provides for emergency relief from many of the provisions of the bill, can't be greatly benefited in all those who have to deal with the department of homeland security will not be greatly benefited if the department is operating more effectively and if the regulation today promulgate our more efficient and more effective and more addressed toward what really needs to be done to address problems and not simply adding to the regulatory burden that businesses and american citizens face. so i continue my oppositi
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